1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

£45,811
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RM Sotheby's - Hershey

AUCTION

12th Oct 2018

AUCTION DATE

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

LOT DESCRIPTION

£45,811

PRICE GBP
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$60,500

PRICE USD
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VC570101583

CHASSIS NUMBER

€ 52,272

PRICE EUR
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ODOMETER
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

Without a doubt one of the icons of ’50s collectibles, the Tri-Five Chevys (1955–1957) offered something for everyone. This was top-of-the-line for Chevrolet in 1957, and 47,562 buyers signed on the bottom line for a Bel Air convertible with a base price of $2,611. Styling was all-new and buyers had a choice of eight engines, including an optional 283-hp Rochester Ramjet fuel-injected 283-cu. in. V-8 – the first factory engine to offer one horsepower per cubic inch of displacement. Bodies were 1.5 in. lower than 1956 thanks to a switch from 15- to 14-in. wheels, though wheelbase remained the same at 115 in. While cleverly using essentially the same car underneath as its 1955 and 1956 models, styling was updated with a new look front and rear. Bel Air models received a trendy gold anodized grille and “Bel Air” bodyside script. Hoods were decorated with wind split ornaments in place of a traditional single ornament, and “Dagmar” bumper guards mimicked those on pricey Cadillacs. At the rear were true tailfins – the only vertical tailfins to appear on a Chevrolet. This dashing Harbor Blue beauty with matching interior is equipped with the optional and highly desirable 270 bhp, 283-cu. in. “dual quad” V-8 and three-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Inside one will find a matching interior and the optional Wonderbar AM radio. All books and the owner’s manual are included in the sale. It is believed that the car was ordered new in California, as it is equipped with the unique California one-piece bumper. The restoration, done by the consignor, dates to the mid-1980s following which the car received its AACA Senior Award in 1987 as well as repeat Preservation Awards in 1988 and 1992. In addition, it was used as the blueprint for a Franklin Mint model in the same colors. The car has been routinely maintained, driven regularly, and is a well-sorted driver. Just get in and go – and enjoy!

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